The Twofer: A Blade of Damascus Steel and a Station Wagon of Just Regular Steel

More strata than a Bloomin’ Onion, but without the trans fat.

Layers are what make a man, a warm coat and a good cake. What are humans if not complex? Pulled between ego and id, family and duty, a community’s draconian rules and the urge to dance! No one likes a monolith—Brutalism, ew!—and there’s nothing worse than being stuck in a corner at a party talking to the Party Dullard, a tuneless horn of a person who only knows how to talk about, like, good slacks. Texture, diversity, contrast, interest: your life needs layers.

Start at the cutting board with this vicious German. Most Wustofs come with a solid stainless steel blade perfect for any chopping or extracurricular needs. However, this special edition Ikon knife sports a Damascus blade, forged by a process in which hundreds of layers of steel are folded together, ultimately producing incredible strength and a beautiful pattern of whirls and waves. Form, function, brawn—the byproducts of layering. This razor-sharp metaphor is also on sale!

For some German layer cake on a grander scale, check out this late model Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon. Even more than the stellar sedan, this brawny estate has range. Want to woofle around Bridgehampton with two Goldens in the trunk and a peach pie in the passenger seat? The Benz has a “comfort” mode. Rather roast a set of tires doing four-wheel burnouts in a cul-de-sac? This dame has 500 horsepower and a go-pedal. Is it a muscle car? A family car? A status symbol? None is able to say for sure, but you’ll have a blast trying to figure that out.